2014 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep27

2014 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a change in the lower levels, adding a team in Bristol that fit between the GCL Pirates and Jamestown Jammers. As a result of this change, Jamestown saw a weaker overall team, along with a much older team than normal. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year. The Hitters Most of the hitters in Jamestown this year projected as organizational...

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Jeff Banister Contacted About Astros Managerial Position
Sep27

Jeff Banister Contacted About Astros Managerial Position

Ken Rosenthal reports today that Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister has been contacted by the Houston Astros about their vacant managerial position. Banister was named the bench coach of the Pirates back in November of 2010 and he is now in his 29th season in the organization, a career that began as a player back in 1986 when he was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the amateur draft. He has five years of...

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Morning Report: Highlights of Alen Hanson, Josh Bell, Austin Meadows and More From Friday
Sep27

Morning Report: Highlights of Alen Hanson, Josh Bell, Austin Meadows and More From Friday

Today’s morning report consists of highlights from Friday’s Fall Instructional League game. The Pittsburgh Pirates “defeated” the Phillies with a lineup that consisted of Alen Hanson, Austin Meadows and Josh Bell in the top three spots. Dario Agrazal Jr started the game and he was followed later by Shane Carle, Angel Sanchez, Jerry Mulderig and Jake Burnette. The other Pirates team played a road game against...

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First Pitch: There Will Be Playoff Baseball at PNC Park This October
Sep27

First Pitch: There Will Be Playoff Baseball at PNC Park This October

Since¬†two of the three relevant playoff games were on the West Coast tonight, I decided to combine the playoff update with First Pitch. Well, that, and also due to the fact that I’ve been getting ready to leave to cover the playoffs, where hopefully I’ll be gone for more than just a week, and preferably a month. The Pirates got in a better situation for that to happen tonight. They beat the Reds, and the Giants lost to the...

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Charlie Morton Undergoes Hip Surgery
Sep26

Charlie Morton Undergoes Hip Surgery

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that pitcher Charlie Morton underwent surgery today to repair the labrum in his right hip. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, TN. The estimated recovery time for this particular procedure in 6-8 months, which puts Morton’s return if all goes well right around Opening Day, but the more likely return date would be a month or two into the season because he would be...

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What Are the Odds of the Pirates Winning the NL Central?
Sep26

What Are the Odds of the Pirates Winning the NL Central?

We’re entering the final weekend of MLB’s 2014 season, and there is one division race that appears to be open. Technically, the Detroit Tigers haven’t clinched the AL Central yet, although they’re two games up, and the projections don’t give the Royals much of a chance to win the division. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting a game back in the NL Central from the St. Louis Cardinals, which makes...

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